Friday, October 30, 2009

Ho-Ho-Ho! Merry Christmas...Release!

And the Blop Hop Continues....now through Sunday, November 1st! Read on!
Welcome to the start of the Belles 'n Whistles Christmas Release Blog Hop! I'm so glad that you've come by! There are some brand new holiday yummies that will be available in the Belles 'n Whistles store tomorrow, October 31st. This Christmas Release Blog Hop will show you just what is coming, so join us!

Starting here, you'll visit each of the Design Team Members blogs for a yummy revealing! We'll guide you through. Leave a comment on each blog you visit. At the end of the hop, you should find yourself back here for the final step...I'll let you know what that is at the bottom of this post so, read on! And if, by chance, you encounter any glitches along your journey, please return in an hour or two--they're sure to be worked out by then!

Let's begin! =)

Here I sit, listening to Christmas music, as I write this Christmassy post. And I can't help but think that gosh--Santa will be coming to town before we know it! And when he does, we'll need to be ready....with the milk and cookies of course! In order to help prepare, I asked the very talented members of the Belles 'n Whistles design team to help me out with a few sweet recipes for Santa! Let's see what they've come up with! ;D First though, a Christmassy Belle contribution...by me!

My blog-hop project is a holiday desk-top scene. I chose to use the very sweet stamp Belle Sitting with Teddy. She's a wonderfully versatile little Belle! Here, I decided to have her sitting in front of the Christmas tree, waiting for Santa! Either she's waiting for him or she's looking at the tree, wondering why I didn't do more decorating on it for her, LOL! Okay--no, she's waiting for Santa. And we're getting an outsider's view of her and her favorite teddy through her decorated Christmas window! The tiny part of the tree you see is actually one of the new Belles 'n Whistles Christmas stamps, called simply The Christmas Tree. And once again, the wonderful Elisabeth Bell has designed some real lovelies to go along with The Christmas Tree--you'll see them soon, continue on!


The wall of the house (DP) is from the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper pad, the window frame and portion of a front door was stamped using an Alota Rubber Stamp called Screen Door. The window is a piece of acetate, the curtain--a portion of a paper napkin. The half-wreath on the door and the lighted bough above the window are Canadian pine stems from the local craft store. And the lights are battery-operated minis which I've carefully made to look as though they are part of the bough.

And yes! Belle's lights actually do light! (She was surprised to see this herself, even on the balls of her tree, LOL!)

A side view...


The only thing missing is a holiday greeting...I haven't yet decided whether to add that now or wait and turn this into a little count-down-to-Christmas calendar, with some calendar numbers in the upper corner.

Now the cookies Belle decided she wanted to leave for Santa are called Chocolate Krinkles. We baked a bunch up, just to be sure they were delicious enough....they were! So we'll be sure to bake another batch on Christmas Eve again since we've eaten all of these, LOL!
Chocolate Krinkles
2-3/4 C all purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
2-3/4 tsp baking powder
1-1/8 C shortening or butter
2-3/4 C sugar
1 C Cocoa powder
6 eggs
1 Tb pure vanilla extract
1 C powdered sugar

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside. In another bowl, cream together shortening, sugar and cocoa. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with each addition. Add vanilla and beat until well blended. Gradually add flour mix and mix until combined. Chill dough at least 2 hours in the refridgerator. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop dough by tablespoons into the powdered sugar and roll to coat well. Bake on greased cookie sheets for 10-12 minutes. Let stand on cookies sheet for a minute before loosening them to cool on wire racks.

Yields about 4 dozen.

Well, it's time to send you off on your blog-hopping adventure! Remeber these few important things:
  • Visit each of the DT's blogs, in the order in which you are sent
  • Leave a comment at each blog

  • Finish here on this post again and when you do, be sure to leave a comment! TWO lucky winners will be drawn to receive a complete set of this newly released Christmas Collection! These winners will be announced here--one on November 4th, the other on the 5th so you'll have to check back! *** For your comment here on this blog, I've a question for you: What kind of cookies are left out for Santa at your house? And would that be with whole milk, 2% or skim? LOL!! I'm kidding on the milk part, but do share what Santa snacks on when he breaks at your residence! Now if you DON'T put out milk and cookies for the jolly old guy, share with us what you do on Christmas Eve!***

Okie doke! Off you go to start the hop! You'll be visiting the wonderfully talented Rosette's blog first. The list of the blog order is posted here, in case you get lost along the way:

1 - Rosette
2 - Lynda
3 - Kathrin
4 - Susan <--trouble with post. See store or my blog for one more CUTE new stamp! ;D
5 - Jacque
6 - Iris
7 - Anki
8 - Jodi
9 - Lilian


Dont forget to comment here when you're done! ;D

Summer =)
***We've encountered some problems with dear Susan's post and regret that she was unable to join us for this blog hop. You'll have to check the store for the very cute image she was to reveal....two samples are there, by Iris and myself!=)***

100 comments:

  1. So so cute! Hope Santa brings Belle something nice.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous creations by all the DT - didn't leave a message on Susan's as she hasn't posted yet. Will pop back later to comment.
    mwah
    Trace

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  3. Your card is truely fantastic and the new images are just gorgeous. Love your recipe for the cookies can't wait to make some and try for myself.

    Jayne xx

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  4. Your card is just awesome! What great work you put into your card--you've created such a warm and beautiful scene! I loved all the projects and recipes from the whole DT! Everyone did a fantabulous job with those adorable images!!!

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  5. Forgot to say in my last comment that the DT cards are fantastic - Well done.

    I have a 4 year old daughter called Seren so we love to keep up tradition on Christmas Eve. We leave carrots out for the reindeer and a glass of milk and a mince pie for Santa. We also sprinkle magic glitter on the grass so Santa will know where Seren lives.

    Jayne xx

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  6. Oh Summer - this is just amazing! I totally love to have a peak through the window and see Belle and her teddy in front of the tree, waiting for Santa. I am sure she´ll get whatever she wished for. And these mini lights are so stunning - I never would have thought of putting them behind the scene to make light up the tree as well. That´s creativity!

    Thanks to you for picking another set of adorable images! Big hugs,

    Kathrin aka Kruemel

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  7. Wowee Summer!! What a lovely project you've done there!! And the lights.. yay!! gorgeous work, and thank you for the wonderful opportunity to present this awesome release :) Hugs xx

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  9. So a lovley image...and so a lovley card!

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  10. WOWEE Summer.... You kept it a secret and I'm SO EXCITED to see what you've done.... Ohhhh the lights are such an awesome added touch! And little Belle sitting there looking at the tree, My oh My, she's gorgeous! She's probably sitting there thinking and making sure everything is perfect for when Santa comes. I just LOVE what you did here. You're right, I think a Christmas countdown would be awesome for this!

    Thank you so much for this exciting opportunity to show off all these gorgeous new Belles 'n Whistles designs!
    mwha
    Lynda =)

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  11. Wowzers Summer, your card is scroumptious. What a fabulous idea with the lights. And I feel like I am really standing outside the window and peeking through! :-))) Hmmmmm and those Cookies...I have to try them right away nI guess...lol :-) Thanks for another wonderful release and the chance to be part of presenting it!!

    Hugs,
    Iris

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  12. Hi,
    wow, what a great Blog-Hop, only Susans post is missing. I will go back later and take a look.

    I love what you have made out of the image of the girl, the window and the tree. It´s genious!!! Even with little lights. What a great idea!

    In Germany we usually celebrate christmas at the 24th of December. But its a little hectic with kids. They get their presents and want to play with them, but have to go to bed...
    So I made it the "American way" since I got children. I have a very nice dinner with them and afterwards we decorate the Tree all together, read the Christmasstory, listen to X-Mas songs and sing ourselves and then the kids go to bed. And it´s a real "Silent night". In the morning the presents are under the tree and the kids can unwrap them and after having a nice breakfast they can play all day long. Now the kids are older and know, there are other families celebrating on Christmas eve.. but they love to keep up the way we do it.
    I hope you have a very nice time!
    XX Kathi

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  13. Love all the stamps and cards. Great job on all.

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  14. All I have to say is WOW. First off your card is stunning! Secondly what a great blog hop this has been, not only did I get to see everyones pretty cards but I've gotten some great recipes. Great job to all!

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  15. I love your card and the recipe sounds really good can't wait to try it and order the new stamps!!
    Susan

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  16. what a brilliant idea to have the lights working, you clever thing...beautiful new stamps and the DT work is stunning...I didnt leave a comment on Susans blog as she hasnt posted yet but will go back and do it later
    Mina xxx

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  17. Oh, loved the new images! Lovely samples!

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  18. Wowie! Love this cutie! The real lights are just too cute for words. Great Idea for a desk top. I loved all the new stamps. EB did a fabulous job, as always. Your DT put together some amazing examples...kudos to all!

    Hugs, Dena

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  19. I loved all of them!! But Susans (stamping Tink) was missing!! I left a comment on yesterday's will try and get back later to look. Can't wait till tomorrow to order these!!
    Thanks

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  20. I've seen great blogs and lots of inspiration. Thank you so much. The stamps are so fab!
    Mieke

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  22. Beautiful card. Awesome lights!! I can't wait..

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  23. Oh Summer!!! Your tabletop display is absolutely darling!!! Love everything about it!! Those little lights and boughs and so many details...just precious and that image is priceless...Beautiful job....Hugs..Jacque

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  24. All I can say is wow, wow, wow. These stamps are so great. They are on my wish list and I would be so lucky to win a set. Thanks for the chance and the blog hop was fun!

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  25. I have SO MUCH to say!! First about this creation!! WOWZERS!! How the heck you got the lights to work I'll never know!! We can't even get our lights to work on the Christmas tree at home!! TEE!! Your project is just amazing to me!! ALL of the DT had some REALLY fabulous creations to show off the BnW images too!! I see that these are MUST HAVE stamps!! :) I had so much fun and I will be back to see my girl Susan's post when she gets it up!! So much fun with such yummy treats along the way!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!! HUGS

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  26. WOW WOW WOW!!!! Your card is just amazing! And lights too!!! Unbelievable!! What a stunning creation! Love ALL the stamps, and just how lucky are two people going to be (fingers crossed that I'm one of them! LOL!) I really enjoyed the blog hop! Thanks for all the fun, Summer! hugs!

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  27. Awww crud! Forgot to say we leave out sugar cookies for Santa! Thanks again for all the yumminess! Now I need to go find a cookie to eat! :) hugs!

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  28. Oh jeesh! i forgot to tell you about Christmas Eve!! Can't forget that!! :) Well, since my boys are older, we don't leave the cookies out anymore, but we have fun sitting around the TV watching Chevy Chase Christmas Vacation and eating some Snickerdoodles...those are a family favorite!! :) Thanks some much for this chance to win!!

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  29. Stuuning blog hop, so love all images, hope I will win, I do love them! Great project! I havent commented on Susans blog, there was no post! Hugs,Moni

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  30. I had so much fun blog hopping this morning! What a fantastic design team! I loved the images and the goodies! I always would leave out oatmeal cookies and milk. It was the last thing we would do after looking at the Christmas tree and counting the presents..lol!

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  31. Stunning card, Summer! I love the lights! :)Congratulations on the amazing new stamps! The blog hop was fabulous, well done ladies, beautiful creations from all of you! :)
    I celebrate Christmas on January 7th and we have different tradition, we beleive that Santa comes on New Years Eve, 31st Dec. But, I don't mind when he comes, as long as he comes! :) lol
    I'd make him my favourite honney cookies and a nice cup of hot cocoa.

    Hugs, Vanja

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  32. Adorable! I love how even the tree lights up! We leave chocolate chip cookies and milk for Santa & we leave carrots for his reindeer.

    Thanks for the cookie recipie. Can't wait to try it!

    hugs
    Mary

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  33. Hi

    I have visited and left comments on all but Susan whose card is not up yet.

    Our christmas eve is as follows,

    We watch the muppets xmas carol as my youngest son who is 2 adores the muppets and it is a nice film to make you feel all warm and sing along.
    We then bath the boys (my eldest is 3) and get them in their xmas pj's or their favourite, We then go downstairs and leave the following, 3 mince pies and a dram of malt whiskey for Santa, a carrot and a bowl of water for ruddolph. We also leave a few slices of our christmas ham out incase he has had enough sweet stuff, we don't want him getting stuck in a chimmney on his busy night!
    My husband reads the boys their story and they hang up their stocking at the end of their beds.
    Once they are asleep we go up into the attic and bring down not only their presents (the one's Santa asked us to get to help him out) but also the decorations and tree. This way when the boys come down in the morning the whole of the house has been transformed and is all magical.

    Thank you for organising the hop Summer.

    Merry Christmas to you, Belle and your team

    hugs Vicky x

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  34. Summer, your desk-topper is wonderful! Thanks for all the details. The blog hop has been impressive, inspirational, and just plain fun. Enjoyed the recipes, too. Thanks for a great couple of hours.

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  35. Darn, forgot to tell you about Christmas Eve. We had a supper which was a tradition passed down from my great-grandparents. It's main features were two special soups, white fish, and cheese pierogi. My boys are men now, but when they were young, Dad would read them The Night Before Christmas, then we'd put their presents under the tree after they'd fallen asleep. Dad and I would have our private celebration after midnight, complete with champagne and presents. Of course, Dad polished off MOST of the cookies and milk and the celery left for Santa and his reindeer. When the boys were a bit older, we'd all attend Midnight Mass, then repeat as above. Not much sleep for the grown-ups! Our favorite Christmas cookie was (still is) a thin, frosted butter cookie which has anise oil as a flavoring. We made them before the holidays and stored them in huge glass bottles until the holidays. Then ... how they did disappear!
    Okay ... now on to wishing I win EB's wonderful new stamps!!!!

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  36. Hi there,

    Have had loads of fun on the hop. Stamping Tink was not there though - will try again later.
    The stamps are so fantastic, thanks to the DT for showing them off.

    Hugs Ali x

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  37. I think this was my favorite blog hop ever!! I love the idea of the recipe along with showcasing the new and gorgeous stamps!! Its perfect~

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  38. OMG your creation Summer blows me away!! WOW, have no other words for it!! WOW
    I have visited and left comments on all but Susan's blog whose card is not up yet. I will hop on over to her blog a little later when she upgrade's her blog :)) cant wait to see her creation too. On chistmas eve, we always put out cookies and 1% milk.. the joly old man has enough weight on any way , won't you say? hehehehe . The kind of cookies i guess is never the same.. me and my son pick out a recipe and make it.. most of the time there is chocolat involved hehehe. We also leave a carotte out for Rudolph :)) Ok, so thats it for now... ohhh by the way!!!!! i love the new stamps :)) wow once again!!

    hugs, and happy halloween to all, xx

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  39. What a fun Blog Hop and a wonderful introduction to your cute Christmas Stamps!! I love all of them!! And all the recipes looked very delicious!! My favorite cookie to leave for Santa is a Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie.
    Hugs, Suzan

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  40. Wow, what a beautiful creation with working lights too! Loved this fun recipe hop, hope to go back and collect some new recipes. We leave some fruit for our Santa ( not traditional I know) as he's watching his waistline. Left a coment on Stamping Tink's yesterdays post, will try to go back later. Many thanks for sharing some wonderful work!

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  41. All done except on Susan's blog -- there isn't a post for today yet.
    Everyone did such an awesome job and I love the extra receipes, too! What a great idea.
    Your card is phenomenal!!! I love the scene and the lights -- holy cow! That is so amazing!! I couldn't believe it when I saw the lights. . . Thanks to everyone.

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  42. Hi
    I loved the blog hop, I haven't left a comment on Susan's blog yet but I will go back later.
    I always used to put out a Whiskey, Shortbread biscuits and a carrot for rudolf! I now know that the whiskey and biscuits were for my dad, as they are his favourites!!
    I'm loving the stamps and the fab inspiration. Take care Nettie.xxx

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  43. Another SWEET blog hop.. sorry the only one i didn't comment on was Susan's... it's not up... but i'll go back through once it is... the DT did a fabulous job on all their creations... LOVE them all... Thanks Summer for another fun time... hugs, Kris

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  44. these cards were sooo creative! bummed I couldn't see Susan's. I'll check back later to see if it's posted. Great DT

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  45. Wow Summer, these new stamps are all gorgeous. Love them all, cannot say I have a favourite. All your DT have done an amazing job, and have inspired me with their creations and the culinery delights. I only have one daughter, and she is 15 now, so we do not leave anything out for Santa anymore. I usually spend Christmas Eve wrapping presents, as I always tend to leave my shopping to the last minutes. Thanks for sharing these wonderful new stamps, and I cannot wait to lay my hands on ALL of them! Louise x

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  46. All done! I left a comment on Susan's blog too, 'cause the hop post wasn't there this morning at it still isn't.
    Here in Finland at Christmas Eve Santa visits us and gives us presents (if we have been nice and good) and we give him candy or a little present.

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  47. I loved all the blogs! So many creative people!! :) Thanks for doing the hop! It was a lot of fun! :)

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  48. This as a fun blog hop! I loved everyone's projects and recipes :) Thank you the chance to win such beautiful stamps.
    Hugs
    Hazel

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  49. this was so much fun. You have very talented DT. love all the cards and can't wait to order more stamps from you store. I will have to try all the need new recipes I have collected today.

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  50. What a pleasant morning I have had looking at all of your fabulous creations. I am so inspired. Really hope I am a receipant of one of the stamp sets. Or I am going to have to do some serious rebudgeting, LOL. Thanks for showing us all of your beautiful cards and for sharing Christmas recipes. Santa always got oatmeal-chocolate Chip cookies w/milk and the reindeers had carrots. The Night Before Christmas was read when we were small. Now familys are all grown & we celebrate together with a meal and presents on Christmas Eve. Thank you again for bringing these sweet, sweet Elizabeth Bell creations!! Stampin' Tink has nothing on line yet, so I hope I have time to recheck sometime today.

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  51. I've finished hopping and left comments everywhere except Susan's (left it on yesterdays' post - she doesn't have one up for today). I loved seeing everyone's creations. I can not believe your card lights up - that's awesome! At our house we never had a specific cookie we left out for Santa. My grandmother always made an assortment of cookies and we would just leave some of those. My favorite of her cookies are her fruitcake cookies (they are really thin and chewy, not thick like a real fruitcake)

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  52. That stamp of Belle is just so cute! Reminds me of my daughter :). She is still young enough to leave sweet goodies for Santa and his reindeer too! Can't forget the "santa key" we leave outside the door so he can get in ;).

    amy
    bmarkr@hotmail.com

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  53. WOW!! This card is FAB! I love how the lights really light up...that is so different and had to take alot of work! Great job!

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  54. I finished the hop and love all the cards and yummy looking treats!! We usually go to my mom's or mother in laws house for x-mas eave to eat and open presents. Try to alternate from year to year.

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  55. I make some yummy shortbread cookies with dried cranberries, pecans and white chocolate chips. Yummmm.

    Blessings,
    Christine

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  57. I just finished and I have to say yummm! Yummy cards made with yummy stamps and so many yummy cookies. I'll be back to the hop to get some of those recipes for sure!!!

    Blessings,
    Christine

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  58. Oh my goodness, this card is totally BEAUTIFUL! I love the colors and all teh texture! Jsut AMAZING! Thank you so much for the yummy recipe too! I usually just bake the basic, chocolate chip cookies. :)

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  59. This was wonderful, and I love the chance to win these amazing stamps! I left a comment on every blog but Susan's as hers wasn't there yet. I will go back later and try to leave one.

    We leave out two kinds of cookies - Oatmeal raisin made with golden raisins and molasses, and green and red m&m cookies. YUM. And that is with Skim CHOCOLATE milk. We figure Santa might want a change of pace.

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  60. I loved this hop everyones cards where great ,This would be such a great B-day gift to win Only 9 more day until mine .I love you card.The cookie we leave is Peanut butter because he likes them .I also left a comment everywhere but Susans .I will try later .Thank you for the chance to win these great stamps Sarah

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  61. I really enjoyed the Blog Hop! I got a litle confused at Susan's blog, but the gift card holder she had for her latest post was amazing! I loved all the artwork, ideas, and recipes! Thank you for doing another hop to showcase the new stamps.
    Christmas cookies in our house have always been,and still are Chocolate chip, with a carrot for Santa's reindeer. I suppose I never thought to question why Santa got a tray of cookies for 1 jolly little elf, but there was only 1 carrot to be divided by 8 reindeer, 9 if Rudolph is included! We always left hot chocolate to warm Santa up!
    Thanks again for fabulous ideas, it's like Christmas came early for me! I can't wait until tomorrow!

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  62. That was an AWESOME hop! Everyone's creations are so inspiring!

    As I have mentioned previously, I bake chocolate chip cookies, especially around Christmas. So Santa gets that and low fat milk. Santa needs to lose a little weight so he can come down the chimney...our chimney is rather narrow. :)

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  63. Hi, Your own project was absolutely adorable. I have so enjoyed this blog hop and I must say that all the DT members have done a fantastic job of showcasing the new stamps. Well done to all. We leave home made shortbread out on Christmas eve with a small sherry, can't have Santa getting tipsy can we. There are so many of the new stamps on my wish list now.
    Marion

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  64. Oh Summer! this is over the top gorgeous! WOW! what an amazing work of art! I love that the lights actually light up.. what fun.
    Can't wait to get some of these sweet little images..
    thanks for the fun blog hop.
    hugs!
    Judy K

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  65. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Your card is great Summer. The DT cards rock, and I can't wait to try out some of the recipes. We always left out homemade cutout butter cookies for Santa. Can't wait to purchase some of the images!

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  66. These are AMAZING! I have just loved all of the images, creations and recipes. Your DT is just the BEST!!!
    Here Santa typically gets Spritz cookies and milk - nonfat :). There is a very specific plate they are left on that my oldest made when he was in pre-school. They did some pottery stuff and he cut out a leaf shape and drew the vein lines and painted it tan after it fired. He came home declaring it was the Santa cookie plate and it has been ever since. That was 13 years ago :). Santa wouldn't want it any other way.

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  67. Oh my word Summer!!! This is just brilliant!! I love this image of her and putting the tree there is genius!!! Love your lights too!! How cool is that!!! Such a cute scene!!
    On Christmas Eve we spread a Reindeer treat on our doorstop which has glitter in it so the reindeers will know to stop and then we leave a tray of peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses in the top for Santa and some carrots for the reindeer! AND it is 1% milk for him since he eats so many cookies!! LOL
    Thanks for the lovely blog hop again!!
    :)Kathy

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  68. I love the battery operated lights! How neat is that!

    torontoteachermom@Hotmail.com

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  69. What an amazing project! I love the lights! I got the recipe for chocolate krinkle cookies from a co-worker a few years back, and they are a staple at my house. So yummy! We don't have any children, so we don't set out cookies for santa. Instead, my husband and I have a tradition of opening our stockings on Christmas Eve. It's a fun little teaser for the next day. :)

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  70. This is truly a beautiful project - and your use of the lights is wonderful! The Christmas cookies my grandsons' leave out for Santa are the cookies that we make together just before Christmas Eve (it's our Christmas tradition) - they get to make them just for Santa! Thanks for the opportunity to win such great stamps! I love this set!
    Jackie

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  71. wow use light in that project good idea.
    We never leave cookie for santa but if i do when my son will be older it will be chocolat chip cookie. For now we open gift on christmas eve because it's the day we can met all the family.
    Suzie

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  72. Wow! I just did my first blog hop, ever! That was fun! It was wonderful seeing the amazing stamps and everyones beautiful creations. Thank you.

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  73. Wow great card, lights are a very clever idea. Another release of really gorgeous stamps. Belles and Whistles never fail. We leave out cookies, a can of lager (which hubby drinks after kids gone to bed Oh what a sacrifice he makes!) and a carrot for the reindeers.
    Thanks for a chance to win.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  74. Wow a great blog hop, those cards are amazing, thank you for the opportunity to win these gorgeous stamps.
    I love the reindeer and the rocking horse.
    Amanda

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  75. This is my 1st blog hop it was so much fun. I will join in another one soon. Your card is wonderful where do you get your insiration from the cards are fantastic and makes me think of when I was a child and the magic you felt at christmas that in my house has never gone away. On christmas eve we leave a mince pie out for santa, some chocolate buttons for all the reindeers and a lovely letter that my daughter has wrote to santa. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE, AND A GOOD NEW YEAR IS WISHED TO ALL!
    from Teresa.

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  77. Love all the DT cards but this one is my fave. Those lights are fantastic and the whole card is stunning. Cookies look good too. On Christmas Eve we are often in a hotel at Gatwick waiting to fly off to Florida the next day. Marianne

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  78. Absolutely gorgeous!!!! That was an incredible Hop! SO many beautiful projects and lovely new images!!

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  79. Absolutely goregeous for sure ! The DT did an awesome job.....I have to say I really like the one you did also how clever to add those little lights you know I am going to snag that idea LOL ! Thanks for the great hop and all you do.
    Hugs

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  80. oops forgot to let you know that we put Chocolate chip cookies out and milk (2% Milk) LOL and carrots for the reindeer

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  81. Beautiful card. And for Santas it is chocolate chips cookies and a glass of 2%milk. He needs energy to continue is night.
    Hugs, Line

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  82. You are so creative! Thanks for the ideas! Oh, and I copied the cookie recipe - too yummy looking to pass up!

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  83. the whole team have done you proud Summer, Elisabeth's designs are gorgeous as ever and its been an absolute joy to hop round and see them all being used.
    good luck with the new release
    Debbi
    xx

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  84. Thanks for the great blog hop & what wonderful images. They are all so super cute.

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  85. wow, what a fabulous hop! Everyone is a stellar job with these gorgeous images!!!! Loved meeting new bloggers and I even snagged a few cookie recipes along the way! Fun Stuff!
    Thanks so much!
    blessings, Maria

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  86. What a lovely Christmas scene! Your attention to detail is amazing. Thanks for the great cookie recipe as well!

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  87. AMAZING cards and projects by the DT, I love these types of blog hops done with recipes, etc, lots of fun seeing what everyone came up with these darling images! We don't put out Christmas cookies anymore (boys are all grown) but when we did it was sugar cookies...now on Christmas Eve we get together with a bunch of family and play games/eat a big dinner/open presents, a wonderful time. :)

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  88. I just love the stamps and all the projects I've now seen with them!
    I grew up leaving frosted sugar cookies out for santa with a glass of milk. However, I also leave out a bowl of popcorn kernels for the reindeer. When I was young I was really upset that the reindeer wouldn't have any food and might not make it to each child's home. So my Grandfather told me I should leave out some kernels of corn for them to snack on. He had to reassure me that they would like it. Then each year he would bring me a container of popcorn kernels that I could leave out for Santa. A tradition I continue to follow each year.
    Thanks for the blog hop and the wonderful inspiration!

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  89. WOW! Your design team did a fantastic job, and I can't wait to shop!!

    Our favorite cookies to make at Christmas are, thumb prints, snickerdodles, pecan tarts and rolled sugar cookies! There are others, but these are our favorite!

    Thank you for sharing all the great designs and the great receipes!

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  90. Absolutely fantastic samples seen along the way. I am so glad we don't have to pick a favourite as that would be impossible.
    Santa receives oat and raisin cookies from our house but only two as these are my all time favourite cookie and I couldn't possibly part with any more lol. Oh and he has to have semi-skimmed milk or 2% as you call it as after the cookies he just ate he needs to slim down or he would never fit down all the chimneys.
    Thanks for a great blog hop.
    Kim xXx

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  91. I was having trouble with signing in so I posted as anonymous only on this blog. All the others are posted as Janelle. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks again for all the inspiration and examples on this blog hop.

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  92. Sorry-I just saw more than one person posted as anonymous. My entry is this one (November 1, 2009 8:43 AM) about the cookies I leave for santa and the treat (popcorn) I leave for the reindeer.

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  93. I did the blog hop on Saturday and then was without internet yesterday so couldn't get back to check out Susan's blog. anyhow, I love the new stamps and I hope I'm not too late to enter. We always leave out a mince pie and a glass of whiskey for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer. Christmas morning there's an empty glass, a few pastry crumbs and the stump of a carrot with big teeth marks in it!
    hugs, annie x

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  94. Oh my goodness Summer, that is the cutest little creation!! Love what you did with the door, curtains etc..soo cute!
    On Christmas Eve we usually do Chocolate chip cookies..hubby's favorite, lol! Off to visit the rest of the DT's creations! hugs,T

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  95. Summer!! I must say that this is a gorgeous card!! You did a fabulous job with everything and made this image come to life!!
    LOVE IT!!
    Hugs
    Jodi =)

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  96. Our family has new twin nephews that will be 6 mo at Christmas! So Santa will need gingersnaps, milk, and of course food for the reindeer. Thanks so much the chance to win such beautiful stamps!

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  97. These images are all just soooo cute!!! I love what you all did with them. Great job!!! When Santa comes to my house we give him Fudge, mmmm how I just love Fudge. About the milk lol, we live on a dairy so the milk is the freshest and most whole Santa can drink, lol!! ;-) Thanks for the chance to win.

    Raquel

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  98. Love the images, soo cute. When Santa stops at our house he gets chocolate chip cookies and some nice cold milk (2%).

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